Brenda Horwill

Brenda Horwill
Chris Percy and I are the two volunteers who make up the Group Walks Finder team at the Ramblers office - we enjoy helping groups upload their led walks on this brilliant database.

Group Walks Finder Support Officer

I was just a year into semi-retirement (working every other week!) when, after getting in touch with the Ramblers about a volunteering position, I was asked if I could take part in a project to which I readily agreed.

I started volunteering at the Ramblers office on 11 February 2004 as a support officer for the Group Walks Finder alongside Christopher Percy. The Group Walks Finder, an online database of the Ramblers group led walks programme, had been created about a year previously and we were to encourage Ramblers Areas and Groups to come on board and start listing their walks.

Chris and I tend to visit the Ramblers office every other week - less frequently when one of us is on holiday. After a short time we were given the ability to access the Group Walks Finder system remotely at home, with the added benefit that we could answer emails we received outside of business hours.

We take it in turns to answer email enquiries (taking turns week by week), which includes lots of queries from other Ramblers volunteers and an occasional complaint or compliment. We know we can always turn to the office staff if the queries are too technical for us!

At the end of 2007 we were asked to take on another project, ordering ‘Join Us’ membership recruitment leaflets for Ramblers Areas and Groups. Local volunteers provide us with a maximum of 200 words (for one side of the leaflet) and we email an order to the printers, check the proofs and give the go ahead for printing.

I thoroughly enjoy volunteering at the Ramblers office and am looking forward to seeing how the Group Walks Finder develops.

Brenda Horwill
Group Walks Finder Support Officer

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